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GeekOut South-West’s Christmas 2017

You’d better watch out,
You’d better not pout,
You’d better not cry,
I’m telling you why,
GeekOut Meetups are coming to town.

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Getting Social – The Kitacon Hype Train

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It’s been four years since that fateful Ayacon where Tim and I first met and this bizarre experience, this weird GeekOut journey that has changed me for the “better”. Last year I hosted a panel on how to build confidence at Amecon, and one of the best pieces of advice I had to offer was to simply go to places where like minded people are and introduce yourself, because I can personally attest to the fact that it works. After so many conventions in a fairly short space of time it has become less about meeting new people, and more about catching up with those people who I see nowhere else.

Kita and it’s contemporaries are well aware that they are a social engine, a driving force behind many people’s interpersonal experiences that brings them out of their comfort zone and immerses them in a melting pot of ideas and attitudes on a platform of common ground… they may not have thought it in those words but I’m sure they’d probably say “Yeah, that sounds about right.” They put effort into making sure that people who are nervous have the best experience possible by ensuring a convention that is enjoyable, accessible and most importantly, safe.

Something popped up on the Kitacon Official Social Group (and shortly thereafter the official page) courtesy of chairman Phil Hutchinson that can go some way to help break the ice:

The “I’m new” badge will be available at a meet and greet for new people shortly after the opening ceremony, and the “Dance” badges will be available on the door to the ball. Sadly my request for “Will Talk To Anyone” badges was declined on the assumption that I’d have done that anyway, how very presumptuous! How terribly accurate. Let this be a warning to you, I am liable to engage in excesses of social interaction.

So what advice is best for people new to conventions?

We don’t know you. Really think about it. We don’t have a clue about all the things that are making you nervous, all we see is someone who likes the same things as we do, which means you’re welcome to join us in a conversation or play a game. You can leave your fears behind, and greet us as a fresh start.

Join in. It sounds daft, because you’re already there, but if you’re at a panel that’s asking for volunteers then go for it. If there’s a board game you’re interested in playing, ask. Ask cosplayers for pictures, trust me, they’ll love you for it. Get up and dance if you feel so inclined… I don’t, but that’s who I am.

Strike out alone. You came with friends, that’s a good thing because they’ll look after you when you need it, just make sure you don’t spend the whole weekend trailing after them. If there’s a panel that you want to see but they’re going to something else, do your thing and meet up later. Or if you’re really not into the party but they want to stay, why not come chill in the games rooms?

Come back next year. During the closing ceremonies there’s almost always an announcement for other conventions on the scene, and usually that’ll include the next big summer con. Or get chatting with the regulars, there’s always more conventions because the demand is enormous.

You’ll get back whatever you put into a convention and so much more. No matter how terrified you may be, if you’re new to the game or old hat, come and say hi to us.


Don’t Forget the DMing 101 panel at 20:00 Saturday in Chancellors 2 hosted by yours truly. I’ll be dishing out advice for those who have never been a DM, GM, Story Teller, Keeper or any other form of role-play master, but as always there’ll be something for those who are longer in the tooth, and will doubtless degrade into hilarious anecdote swapping long into the night.

See you at Kitacon.


GeekOut Bristol Meet – August 12th: TALKING TOLKIEN

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J.R.R Tolkien was a wordsmith whose worlds have captured our imaginations for years; a writer whose works got three massive movies, before three more slightly-big-but-not-quite-the-same-as-the-first-three movies. An expert who creates a fantasy world unlike any other.

So whether you’re coming along as you want to just play some games, or if you feel like having a social meet after your Elevenses, it’s time for another exciting GeekOut Bristol Meet!

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 12th: PRATCHETT’S PROSE Gallery

Another month has passed, which means another GeekOut Bristol Meet gallery has come around. As always, we’ll talk about what happened at the event, as well as the usual of when we’ll be hosting our next event and of course, the core part of this article, the gallery in question. It was a great turn out, even though we weren’t sure what it’d be like considering the theme of the event. Nevertheless, this is this months GeekOut Bristol Meet Gallery.

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 8th: ANIME, OH ANIME

Anime is great, don’t you agree? It doesn’t matter what your tastes are; action, comedy, romance, you name it and anime has covered your favourite genre. They’ve also got genres you’d probably not think about normally, ranging from slice-of-life to magical girls (and boys!) But whatever your tastes in anime, or indeed your tastes in art are, we’ll be hosting another GeekOut Bristol Meet on April 8th, for another great night out filled with geeks and their favourite geekdoms. So whether or not you’d call yourself an otaku, a weeaboo, or if you know absolutely nothing about anime, come along and have a look at the fun and games we’ve got planned for our next Bristol meetup.

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – 15th October: TRICK OR TREAT

Spooky scary skeletons send shivers down my spine, whilst sticks and stones may break my bones, the geeks will be out this night. Yes it’s true, GeekOut Bristol Meet is taking place once more in our favourite haunt, the Old Market Tavern. So come join us as we shake down the skeletons that make up the next meetup. We promise we won’t get up to too much mischief.

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – September 9th: HARRY POTTER

We’re feeling rather magical in Bristol, as we grab our Nimbus 2000’s and get prepared to set off to the Old Market Tavern for another night of fun and games. But we’re going to celebrate the amazingly creative world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, in the only way we know how: By getting people together to experience some objects from the Harry Potter world in our favourite local pub.

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 8th: RETRO Gallery

A blast from the past was had by all of the attendees of the GeekOut Bristol Meet this month. Taking place on Friday 8th, we went back in time to an earlier era of video games, with many appearances from characters such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and more. With a huge competition taking place this month, courtesy of our sponsors and venue the Old Market Tavern, it was a massive event. Join Timlah for a full run down of what went on!

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 9th

Our latest meetup has now come and gone, another month of geeks getting together to celebrate all that’s geek has passed us by. But it doesn’t have to end there – We got some pictures, we shared some stories, we met new people and old friends. So join Timlah as we look back at this past weekends meet.

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Top 10 – Social Board Games

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Here at GeekOut, we really love getting together with friends and fellow geeks in a social environment; be it in a pub, or over at each others houses. But when we’re there, we don’t just sit down and immediately start talking about life and current affairs, because that isn’t what we’re always interested in. Not to say those don’t have their place in conversation, but we need something to sink our teeth into, something to have as a compliment to our conversation.

In this week’s’ Top 10, we talk about some of our favourite examples of a board game that helps to drive conversation, giving you a vocal point – A common, shared theme, to which you can all discuss further, or just use as a way to say “Oi, remember that time you were really crap at that game? I remember it.” This is our Top 10 Social Board Games. (more…)